Disaster Dogs of Illinois

"Lending paws in time of need, paws saving lives"

Board of Directors

David Pawlowski

David is an accomplished Pilot a Fire Fighter Paramedic, K-9 Handler and National Association for Search And Rescue (NASAR) SARTECH III. David has been in Fire and Emergency services for 10 years, in 2014 was the recipiant of a Valor Award. David is the primary handler for his dog K-9 Hazel. 

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local-73, Roselle Fire Fighters Union.
National Association for Search And Rescue (NASAR) SARTECH III

Alison Geiger
Vice President

Alison is a graduate from Iowa State University, a professional dogs trainer and small business owner. Alison brings a crucial skill set to our organization and provides the skills and leadership needed in todays K-9 US&R world. As a K-9 trainer and handler, she knows the standards, she has the training expertice to ensure our dogs and handlers make it to certification. Alison is the primary handler for her dog K-9 Annie.

Zac Hammett


Zac is employed with a major shipping carrier as a Security Officer, he is a K-9 Handler and NASAR member. Zac is the primary handler for his K-9 Freya 

National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR).


William Miller
Founder and Operations Director

A retired Fire Captain and Paramedic, a former Fire Chief and retired US Army combat veteran, Bill is the founder and Operations Director for Disaster Dogs of Illinois, with 33 years in Fire and Emergency Services. Bill is highly trained and experienced in disaster and heavy collapse rescue operations. Bill is the primary K-9 handler for K-9's Echo, Lilly and Ivan. 

International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Union (Retired), Local F-37
National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR), SARTECH II, Canine SARTECH
National Search Dog Alliance (NSDA)

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